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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 May 2007, 04:50 GMT 05:50 UK
In pictures: Star Wars at 30

A fan dressed as an imperial stormtrooper takes a photograph at the convention

In Los Angeles, thousands of Star Wars fans have flocked to the opening of a five-day convention held to mark 30 years since the film's US release.

Two fans in Jedi costume prepare to use the Force

Inside the halls the convention was filled with Jedi knights, stormtroopers, hairy wookies and wannabe Darth Vaders.

A fan dressed as Princess Leia parades for TV cameras

Many fans recreated key scenes from the six films for the cameras. Princess Leia's famous bikini slave scene from Return of the Jedi was particularly popular.

A Star Wars fan with an armful of new purchases

For those not in costume, the convention offered plentiful opportunities to buy the latest in Star Wars merchandise.

Fans dressed as imperial stormtroopers stage a mock arrest

Some fell foul of heightened security procedures in place for the convention.

Actor David Prowse available for autographs

Actors from all six Star Wars films - including David Prowse, the real man inside the famous Darth Vader costume - were on hand for autographs.

A new US stamp featuring Jedi master Yoda

Those who couldn't make it to LA were not left out. The US Postal Service issued a special set of Star Wars stamps to mark the 30th anniversary.

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